Look out for snakes with rain
FRASER Coast residents won’t only be saying goodbye to hot and humid weather when predicted showers and storms hit the region over the next few days.
They will also be bidding farewell to perfect hunting conditions for deadly snakes, says local snake catcher Roy McGrath.
“Snakes are extremely smart animals and can predict rain a few days in advance,” says Mr McGrath, who has removed numerous venomous snakes from Fraser Coast homes recently.
“They get mobile before rain because they hunt field mice and bush rats and they know that after rain those trails will be washed away.”
He says this combined with high humidity levels has increased the chances of spotting a snake slithering around – or even into – our homes.
“Snakes don’t like ground temperatures over 31 degrees,” he said.
“So if they can get access into your cool house during the hottest part of the day, they will.”
Kerrie Alexander, a Fraser Coast Chronicle journalist, was one of several local residents to make a shock snake discovery.
She found a five-to-six-foot Eastern Brown attempting to get into her cockatoo’s cage on Saturday afternoon.
“We managed to get it away but it was very aggressive,” she said.
“We later realised that it could have been hiding in our long grass – so we mowed it first thing on Sunday.”
The Chronicle’s chief reporter, Toni McCrae, also got a bit of a scare outside her Dundowran home yesterday morning.
“I came within about a foot of a Taipan,” she said.
“I saw it watching me so I very calmly stood my ground and it slithered off into the grass.”
Mr McGrath said any residents who found a snake in or around their home should back away calmly and, if necessary, call in a snake catcher.
Meanwhile, Fraser Coast residents can expect any wet weather to start to clear up from tomorrow.
“There are showers and storms expected for the region over the next couple of days, easing back to showers on Thursday,” weather forecaster Ben Annells said.
“Humidity levels and above average temperatures will also return to average from tomorrow.”
Friday – MB: 68%, HB: 73%
Saturday – MB: 73%, HB: 67%
Sunday – MB: 64%, HB: 67%
Monday – MB: 77%, HB: 79%
Yesterday – MB: 90%, HB: 88%
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